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September 17, 2020

Joseph Comperchio, former Catholic school teacher, accused of sexually abusing students 40 years ago

Joseph Comperchio, a former Michigan Catholic school teacher,  has been accused of child sex abuse dating back 40 years ago.   Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has been conducting an ongoing investigation  into clergy abuse. Comperchio, now age 66, was arrested this week in Fort Myers, Florida, on two counts of first-degree and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.   Two of his alleged victims, now adults, said they were between 9 and 11 years old when abused decades ago, between 1974 – 1977.  Comperchio had taught drama and music at St. John Catholic School in Jackson at the time […]
August 27, 2020

Henry Kolakoski, former teacher at Columbia High School, accused of sexually abusing students in the 1980’s

Henry Kolakoski, a former teacher at Columbia High School until 2007, is accused of sexually abusing a student when he was the victim’s social studies teacher in the 1980’s. In the lawsuit against East Greenbush Central School District,  officials are accused of allegedly knowing about the abuse and still allowed a sexual predator to teach at the school. The former student, Robert Reese, accuses  Kolakoski of abusing him in school, at school events and at the teacher’s home in 1979 and 1980. Kolakoski surrendered his teaching license in 2007 amid an investigation by the State Education Department into his alleged […]
August 25, 2020

William Dederick, Former Kingston High School Principal accused of sexually abusing student in the 1980’s

  William Dederick, a retired biology teacher and later, an administrator at Kingston High School  has been accused of sexually abusing a student on and off school property in the early 1980s. According to the lawsuit,  the Kingston school district allegedly knew about the sexual abuse  of the victim and possibly other victims. Dederick, and the school district are both named as defendants in the lawsuit. Dederick, now 78, who was an employee at the school for more than 33 years, still maintains his innocence and has been advised not to speak about the case. At the time the alleged […]
August 11, 2020

NY elite private school Saint David named in lawsuit amidst child sexual abuse allegations

Saint David’s School, an elite private school in Manhattan, is named in a $20 million lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a former student by 3 staff members dating back years ago.  The former student, Anthony Filiberti, is the second victim to come forward alleging sexual abuse. The first alleged victim, Peter DeFeo, accused the former teachers of the school of molesting him when he was just 8 years old. He is now 59.  “Initially, it was incredibly pleasant. You ran around this donated mansion,” said Filiberti of the school. He is now age 60 an sugn under the Child Victims […]
August 3, 2020

Robert “Bob” Rusch accused of sexually abusing female students when he was a teacher decades ago

    Nancy Smahl-Syrop, Jane Bedell and Sara Smahl, have all come out and  accused Robert “Bob” Rusch, their former Brooklyn private school teacher, of sexually abusing them on multiple occasions over four decades ago, when they were each only 12 years old. Rusch, was a seventh-grade teacher and advisor at the Woodard School in Brooklyn in the 1960’s-70’s when the alleged abuse occurred.  The court  documents say that Rusch “sexually abused and assaulted multiple children in addition to the above-named plaintiffs, a fact known to defendant Woodard … which fired defendant Rusch in 197,”. Rusch, 77,  now a record […]
July 29, 2020

Christian Youth Theater faces sex abuse allegations

  Janie Russell Cox, The President  of San Diego’s Christian Youth Theater, which is known as CYT, confirmed there is credibility to sex abuse claims from students who have been coming forward recently on social media. The President of the CYT even said that one of the claims dating back years ago was from a close family member of hers. Part of a statement on  the Theater’s Facebook page said, “We are deeply saddened to learn about statements that have recently been made on social media involving former CYT students, and we want you to know that we take these […]
July 29, 2020

Former Priests and Teacher at McQuaid Jesuit High School accused of sexually abusing students in the 1970’s/80’s

Former students at McQuaid Jesuit High School have come forward to claim that a former teacher and two former Jesuit priests sexually abused them when they were students in the 1970s and 1980s. At this time there have been more than 120 lawsuits filed in Monroe County alone.  14 child sexual abuse lawsuits were filed last week against the Society of Jesus USA Northeastern Province (Jesuits) under the Child Victims Act (CVA), which opened a one-year window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits even if the alleged abuse was decades ago.   Father Harry Untereiner, Father James […]
June 30, 2020

Tony Brown Sr., House Of Montessori Education Day Care employee charged with molesting two children under age 10

  Tony Brown Sr., 63, has been charged with statutory sodomy and five counts of child molestation after police reported that he molested two girls under the age of 10 at House Of Montessori Education, a south St. Louis day care facility where he was employed.   Brown was working at the day care at 7814 South Broadway when he allegedly molested the girls.  Brown inappropriately touched one of the girls  and forced her to touch him inappropriately over his clothing, according to the probable cause statement. He touched another girl inappropriately over her clothing on the same day as […]
June 30, 2020

Priest and Catholic school Teacher accused of repeatedly molesting young girl when she was just 5 years old

  Sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman announces the filing of a lawsuit, under the Child Victims Act, against the DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN and ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE PARISH regarding a teacher who allegedly raped a kindergarten student when she was just 5 years old back in 1983. The victim, now age 42, remains anonymous and known as C.L., said that when she was just 5 years old, she was brought by her teacher and the Priest to a private teachers lounge, told to get undressed, and both men raped her. This alleged abuse took place on over several  occasions until […]
June 18, 2020

Former Edison High School student claims teacher abused him in the 1980’s

  Under the Child Victims Act, a former Edison High School student is suing The township Board of Education claiming he was sexually abused by a teacher in the 1980s. The suit, filed in Superior Court last week, alleges that the school board “failed to take reasonable steps” to protect the student from the abuse. ITh suit claims that the shop teacher Frederick Burkley, from 1983 to 1985, “groomed” the student “to gain his trust and to obtain control over him” as part of a plan to sexually molest and abuse him. Burkley, who has since died, also served as […]
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